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The National Pro GRID League (NPGL) is coming back for its 4th season in 2017. Specifics on the season have yet to be finalized, but the league is looking into making some changes to the race formats and elements to up the stakes. Look for the need for more specialized athletes in the areas of gymnastics, weightlifting and pure...
Bjork Odinsdottir named to the 2016 NPGL All-GRID team
It's been a week since the Phoenix Rise were crowned the 2016 NPGL champions. Now that the dust has settled and Provo, Utah, has quieted down a little bit, it's time to announce the 2016 NPGL All-GRID Teams. The All-GRID team consists of a body-weight specialist, generalist and closer for both male and female athletes. Two male and female reserves...
Blaine McConnell wins 2016 NPGL MVP
Phoenix Rise's Blaine McConnell was named the 2016 NPGL MVP following the Final match. McConnell was one of the Rise's utility players who was able to knock out bodyweight reps while also taking care of big weight in quadrant 4. McConnell said after winning the MVP award, “It feels amazing to have won the championship. “That was the goal ever since...
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Marcus Filly holding the Pinnacle Trophy after winning the 2016 NPGL Final
The Phoenix Rise entered the 2016 season with one thought on their mind...redemption. The Rise lost in the Finals last year to the DC Brawlers and have been looking to make up for it this year. Phoenix did just that during the regular season as the team went 3-0 and looked dominant throughout. As the Rise entered the playoffs, they faced...
Danny Nichols in NPGL playoff match
The 2016 NPGL season has come down to the final match between the Boston Iron and the Phoenix Rise. The compact season started just 21 days ago, but there has been a lot of excitement packed in. From the New York Rhinos' comeback win over the Boston Iron in the opening match to the Phoenix Rise beating the San Francisco...
Bjork Odinsdottir and Blaine McConnell are engaged
Blaine McConnell and Bjork Odinsdottir competed together on CrossFit Nordic at the 2016 CrossFit Games and are teammates on the NPGL's Phoenix Rise. McConnell and Odinsdottir have been dating for a while and as of yesterday, they are now engaged. During a team hike with their Phoenix Rise teammates, Odinsdottir proposed to McConnell. Yes, she was the one that proposed!...
Jamie Lee on the Snatch Ladder
The San Francisco Fire and Miami Surge met up in a winner-take-all match up. The winner makes the playoffs to face the Phoenix Rise while the loser heads back home. Race 1 started what would be a back and forth battle throughout most of the match. The Surge made the first splash by taking Race 1 by a fraction of...
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Phoenix Rise celebrate victory over LA Reign
The Phoenix Rise are headed once again to the playoffs. Entering the final regular season match 2-0, the Rise faced the 0-2 LA Reign. The 2015 Western Conference champs had already secured another conference championship, but it didn't show. The Rise came out fast and put pressure on the inexperienced Reign. It started in Race 1 when Emily Tanner struggled with...
Alexandra LaChance on the ring muscle-ups
If there ever was a time to let up on the gas, this would be the match. With playoffs already secured, the DC Brawlers didn't need to win against the New York Rhinos on Saturday. The Brawlers, however, have yet to taste defeat in the three seasons of the NPGL and they weren't going to let that happen yet. The Brawlers...
Mike Abgarian and Jared Enderton on deficit handstand push-ups
The Boston Iron started the season with many expectations, internally and externally, but after losing a heartbreaking first match against the New York Rhinos there was concern the Iron might miss the playoffs. They then faced the buzzsaw that is DC Brawlers. After another loss, things looked bleak for the Iron. However, after the Baltimore Anthem upset the Rhinos in Week...
Phoenix's Danny Nichols finishing final clean and jerks on way to victory over San Francisco Fire
Perhaps the biggest rivalry in the NPGL is between the Phoenix Rise and San Francisco Fire. The Rise and Fire are evenly matched and have split their four matches since the 2014 season, 2-2. Heading into this contest, both the Rise and Fire won their first match and a win would guarantee them a playoff spot. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 TOTAL San Francisco 2 (2) 2 (4) 1 (5) 1 (6) 2 (8) 1 (9) 3 (12) 1 (13) 1 (14) 1 (15) 1 (16) 16 Phoenix 1 (1) 1 (2) 2 (4) 2 (6) 1 (7) 2 (9) 0 (9) 2 (11) 2 (13) 2 (15) 3 (18) 18 San Francisco struck...
Travis Williams and Nick Urankar during Men's Echo
The Miami Surge and Los Angeles Reign entered their match needing a victory after Week 1 losses. The Surge started strong and put the pressure on the Reign men during the Echos. After two Non-Complete races, the Surge held a comfortable lead heading into the back half of the races. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 TOTAL Reign 1 (1) 2 (3) 1 (4) 1 (5) 0 (5) 0 (5) 1 (6) 1 (7) 1 (8) 1 (9) 3 (12) 12 Surge 2 (2) 1 (3) 2 (5) 2 (7) 2 (9) 2 (11) 3 (14) 2 916) 2 (18) 2 (20) 1 (21) 21 The Surge never let up and won easily, 21-12, only...
Reebok Legacy Lifters Review
The highly anticipated Reebok Legacy Lifters are finally here on Rogue Fitness. We were able to get our hands on them and they are living up to the hype! The Reebok Legacy Lifters were inspired by and created with the help of USA Weightlifting's CJ Cummings. The shoes are a complete move away from the Reebok CrossFit Lifters. The Legacy Lifters...
New York Rhinos talking strategy
With only three matches in the regular season, there is little room for error. There are several different scenarios that could play out as the four Eastern conference teams take on their final match. Here are the standings right now: 1. DC Brawlers (2-0) T2. New York Rhinos (1-1) T2. Baltimore Anthem (1-1) 4. Boston Iron (0-2) On Friday, the Brawlers face the Rhinos while...
The DC Brawlers continued their dominance in the NPGL. After losing Race 1 by a split second, the Brawlers rattled off nine consecutive race victories and securing the match win. The Iron won the final two races, but it was a little too late. The Brawlers remain undefeated and have never lost a match in the three seasons of...
Jared Enderon, Baltimore Anthem, on final clean and jerk to tie match against New York Rhinos
Week 2 began with a match-up featuring the New York Rhinos and the Baltimore Anthem. The Rhinos, coming off a nail biting victory against the Boston Iron in week 1, were favored against the Anthem who had yet to secure a match victory since joining the NPGL last year. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 OT TOTAL Rhinos 2 (2) 1 (3) 1 (4) 1 (5) 2 (7) 2 (9) 2 (11) 2 (13) 1 (14) 3 (17) 1 (18) 0 (18) 18 Anthem 1 (1) 2 (3) 2 (5) 2 (7) 1 (8) 1 (9) 1 (10) 1 (11) 2 (13) 1 (14) 4 (18) 1 (19) 19   The Anthem, however, wouldn't back down and tied the score after a...
Blaine McConnell on the deadlift ladder
The Phoenix Rise are the defending Western Conference champions and it showed during their opening match against the Miami Surge. The Rise started strong winning the first four races to take an early 8-4 lead over the Surge. That would change as the Men's Echo races began. The veteran men on the Rise were unable to match the speed of...
Ashley Beaver and Kelly Wild on the handstand push-ups
The San Fran Fire enter the 2016 undefeated in the regular season. Going 5-0 in regular season matches through the past two years, the Fire are set on continuing their run and making some noise in the playoffs. On the other end of the spectrum are the LA Reign, a team that has yet to win a match since...
Nick Block on the Overturns
The first match of the 2016 NPGL season was decided by two seconds on the final race. The Rhinos' Wes Kitts completed two 335-pound clean and jerks and raced to the finish line two seconds ahead of Kurt Garceau of the Boston Iron. The Race 11 victory gave the Rhinos just enough points to squeak by the Iron and win...
Taylar Stallings as the closer for the DC Brawlers
The DC Brawlers easily handled the Baltimore Anthem in the teams' first match of the 2016 season. The Brawlers won every race and won by the largest margin of victory in the NPGL's history. Here are photos capturing the match.
DC Brawlers celebrate win over the Baltimore Anthem
The DC Brawlers entered the season as the defending champions, two years running, and having never lost a match. Projections for the 2016 season, however, left the Brawlers feeling disrespected. The Gridmaster predicted that the Boston Iron would win the 2016 Pinnacle Trophy. This left a bad taste in the Brawlers' mouths and they came out to show the league...
New York Rhinos celebrate after victory over Boston Iron
The first match of the 2016 NPGL season came down to the final 335-pound clean and jerk. The New York Rhinos came into the final race, Race 11, one point behind the Boston Iron. But with three points awarded to the winner and only one to the loser of Race 11, it was winner-take-all. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 TOTAL Rhinos 2 (2) 1 (3) 1 (4) 1 (5) 2 (7) 2 (9) 2 (11) 0 (11) 1 (12) 3 (15) 3 (18) 18 Iron 1 (1) 2 (3) 2 (5) 2 (7) 1 (8) 1 (9) 1 (10) 3 (13) 2 (15) 1 (16) 1 (17) 17   Race 11 for Pike's Peak comes...
Chris Zardas during the 2015 NPGL Season
The first two matches of the 2016 NPGL take place tonight. The New York Rhinos will face off against the Boston Iron at 6:00pm ET while the defending champs, the DC Brawlers, take on the Baltimore Anthem at 9:00pm ET. The teams will take on Pike's Peak, a format featuring weighted pistols, a deadlift ladder, and overturns among many other movements....